8 August 2022
By Elaine Murphy
Twelve retailers from Cork have today been named as Top 100 Stores in Ireland by Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organisation in Ireland.
Where in Cork?
- Dairygold Co-Op Superstores (Mallow),
- Dairygold Co-Op Superstores (Mogeely),
- Reens Life Pharmacy,
- Tony Kealys,
- Garvey’s SuperValu O’Shea’s Supermarket,
- Lee’s Centra,
- The Kilkenny Store (Shanagarry),
- The Kilkenny Store (Emmet Cork City),
The Top 100 stores are part of the AIB Merchant Services Retail Excellence Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry and are now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland. The Awards will take place on November 12th in the Galmont Hotel in Galway.
Former Store of the Year winners include Fabiani (Longford), Willow (Ennis), Garvey’s SuperValu (Tralee), TileStyle (Dublin), Arboretum (Carlow), and O’Briens Wines (Limerick and Dublin).
Duncan Graham, Managing Director of Retail Excellence, said: “I am delighted to announce the Top 100 Stores in Ireland on behalf of Retail Excellence. These awards are particularly important for businesses throughout the country who consistently put an emphasis on excellence in customer service and retailing. These Top 100 stores are flying the flag for the retail industry and have raised the bar even higher this year amidst the toughest competition.”
Joe Barrett, Chairman of Retail Excellence and CEO of Applegreen Ltd, said: “It is clear from the quality of this year’s entrants that the retail industry is ready to thrive in the coming months and years. Our organisation promotes excellence in retail, and the entire industry should be proud of itself for how it maintains the highest standards every year. I want to congratulate our Top 100 stores and wish them continued success in the future.”
Hubert O’Donoghue, General Manager of awards sponsors AIB Merchant Services, said: “With the announcement of the Top 100 stores in Ireland, we at AIB Merchant Services recognise the significant milestone this achievement represents and would like to offer congratulations to all who were lucky enough be nominated. It is vital that we have these awards to shine a light on their continued commitment to superior customer service and their on-going dedication to strive for success during these constantly changing times. The very best of luck to the stores who have managed to achieve the coveted Top 100 status and we look forward with anticipation to seeing you over the coming months on the road to the AIBMS Retail Excellence Awards 2022.”
A full list of the Top 100 Stores can be found here:
Separately, Retail Excellence will host a Retail Digital Summit on September 6th and 7th in Carton House Hotel. The event will be opened by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English TD, and among the speakers will be Geoff Ramm, author of Celebrity Service, James Gold of Skinnydip, and former Irish Navy Captain Marie Gleeson. See retailexcellence.ie for more information.